How do you heal an ankle injury?

Ankle injuries can arise from damage to the bones, ligaments, and tendons in the ankle, causing pain, swelling, decreased mobility, and instability

Most ankle injuries are caused by rolling or landing awkwardly on the ankle while walking or playing sports. To treat an ankle injury, physiotherapists will use a mix of strength, mobility, and balance training. After an ankle injury, athletes can return to sport after being treated for 3 to 4 weeks, but it is recommended that treatment lasts for 8 to 10 weeks in order for the ankle to fully recover and to prevent future injury.
Some ways to prevent ankle injuries include wearing proper footwear, strengthening the ankles with an exercise and mobility program, or wearing a brace if chronic ankle issues are present. 

What are the signs of an ankle injury? 

Ankle injuries occur when the bones, ligaments, or tendons in the ankle are damaged in some way. Usually, ankle injuries present themselves as strains, sprains, tears, or fractures.
Some of the most common signs of an ankle injury are:
  • Pain and swelling
  • Decreased mobility in the ankle
  • Difficulty maintaining balance

What are the most common causes of ankle injuries?

Ankle injuries are often thought of as sports injuries, but they can happen to anyone. In fact, the majority of ankle injuries occur from twisting or rolling the ankle when walking.
Ankle injuries are most commonly caused by:
  • Rolling or landing awkwardly on the ankle during sport
  • Walking on uneven surfaces
  • Falls that cause the ankle to twist

How do you heal ankle injuries?

At the Bridge, we treat ankle injuries with a personalized treatment plan based on the type and severity of ankle injury.
Our treatment plans for ankle injuries can consist of:
  • Exercise-based training to strengthen the ankle
  • Mobility, balance, and movement mechanic training
  • Acute inflammation management
With proper treatment from a physiotherapist, ankle injuries are usually treated and fully recovered within 8 to 10 weeks, but largely depend on severity.

How do you prevent ankle injuries from occurring?

The best way to prevent ankle injuries from occurring is to increase the strength, stability, and flexibility of your ankles through preventative exercise and mobility based training.
If you are an athlete, proper warm-ups and stretching before playing sports will help prevent ankle injuries from occurring.
Wearing proper shoes when walking outdoors or on uneven terrain is another way to reduce the risk of injuring your ankles.
If you have had an ankle injury in the past, you are much more likely to injure your ankle again. For chronic ankle issues, we recommend using a brace or other aid to protect the ankle from further damage.

The Bridge model consists of three pillars

Relieve pain

Injury treatment and management to relieve pain, including physiotherapy, massage and chiropractic treatment.

get stronger

We introduce strength and mobility exercises to build tolerance to the demands of your activity and to develop more efficient movement patterns, making sure you don’t get hurt again.

improve performance

Performance or return to sport training: Is the last part of our model and reserved for those needing to return to a competitive sport or wanting to train at a higher level.

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